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The time to act is now: A letter to African leaders about the coronavirus...

The threats hanging over the African continent with regard to the spread of Covid-19 demand our individual and collective attention. The situation is critical. Yet this is not about mitigating another African humanitarian crisis, but to diffuse the potentially damaging effects of a virus that has shaken the global order and put under question the bases of our living together.
One of the victims of the fast-spreading coronavirus has reportedly died in Ghana, authorities have confirmed.

As rich nations battle coronavirus, anxiety grows for low-income states

As Europe and the United States struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, aid groups warn that without measures millions could die in low-income countries and war zones such as Syria and Yemen, where hygiene conditions are already dire.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

CPS best option to address pensions crisis – Benue governor

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has apologized to retirees and workers of the state over the inability of successive governments to find a lasting solution to the nagging backlog of unpaid pensions in the state.
At least 33 Boko Haram militants were killed by Nigerian troops in a gunfight on Sunday, according to military sources on Tuesday.

Boko Haram insurgents kill 10 in Borno

Insurgents have killed 10 people in a raid on a village in northeast Nigeria’s restive Borno State, burning homes and looting food supplies, civilian militia sources said Sunday.

African Union preparing 3,000-troop deployment to Sahel region

The African Union said Thursday that it expected to send a temporary deployment of 3,000 troops to West Africa’s Sahel region, where regional forces are struggling to respond to a nearly eight-year-old insurgency by armed Islamists.

IMF: Zimbabwe risks ‘deep humanitarian’ crisis

Zimbabwe faces a grim economic outlook this year and is also at risk of an extreme humanitarian crisis, the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Abdullahi Mashi, on an inspection visit to Port Health facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, said that any suspected case must be presented for relevant test in line with the global practice on disease emergency control and prevention.

Nigeria intensifies health workers’ response to humanitarian crisis

The Federal Government is building the capacity of workers and stakeholders in the health sector to respond appropriately to health humanitarian crisis in the country, Dr Abdulaziz Mashi, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, said.
FILE - The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks to the press upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport in Yemen, March 24, 2018

UN to reduce aid to Houthi-controlled Yemen

A United Nations official has told VOA that the organization is reducing its aid to areas controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in northern Yemen because of the group’s restrictions on humanitarian operations in a country that is said to have the worst humanitarian crisis in the world
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a 'new era of cooperation' [Petr David Josek-AP]

Boko Haram: US announces fresh $40 million aid to Nigeria

The United States has announced an additional $40 million (N14 billion) aid to Nigeria to address the humanitarian crisis arising from decades of the Boko Haram insurgency.
The defence and security forces brought back the body of the nurse to give it to her family in Yalgo and secure the area to allow the burial of other victims, Colonel Salfo Kabore said on Sunday.

‘Jihadists’ kill 18 civilians in Burkina Faso

"The defence and security forces brought back the body of the nurse to give it to her family in Yalgo and secure the area to allow the burial of other victims," Colonel Salfo Kabore said on Sunday.

South Sudan rivals in Uganda as deadline to form unity govt looms

The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar arrived in Uganda Thursday for talks before the November 12 deadline to form a coalition government expires.

Yemen government, separatists to sign power-sharing deal on Tuesday

Yemen’s internationally recognised government will sign an agreement with southern separatists on Tuesday aimed at ending a conflict simmering within the country’s long-running civil war, Yemeni and Saudi officials said.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has upheld argument by President Muhammadu Buhari that it lacked the jurisdiction to entertain allegation of corrupt practices and voters’ inducement raised against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.

Group alleges fresh plans to rehash allegations against VP Osinbajo

The Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD), a political group in Nigeria, has raised the alarm over fresh plans by some elements to rehash old, baseless and unsubstantiated allegations against Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Senator Gaya: You cannot say anything wrong about President Buhari or abuse him

Sen. Kabiru Gaya (APC-Kano South) has said that Nigerians need to respect the elders like President Muhammadu Buhari and vice president Yemi Osinbajo.
Algeria on Thursday expressed its rejection to the Turkish military operation in northern Syria and reaffirmed its “full” support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, state-run ENTV channel reported.

Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

United States President Donald Trump tried to justify the de facto green light he gifted his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for an assault seen as a blatant betrayal of Washington’s erstwhile Kurdish allies.
Action Against Hunger

One dead, six missing after attack on aid workers in Borno

A convoy of vehicles carrying aid workers of Action Against Hunger was attacked on the road to Damasak, Borno state.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI INAUGURATES BOARD MEMBERS OF THE NORTH-EAST DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AT THE COUNCIL CHAMBER STATE HOUSE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 8 2019 3

President Buhari: How West Africa can succeed in battle against criminals, criminality

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, said for countries in the West African sub region to successfully tackle criminalities confronting them, security heads of member states must not only begin to share their experiences but also re-assess as well as harmonise crime control and operations in their respective countries.
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US orders suspension of flights to and from Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country.

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Panama's last two presidents, Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, were charged Thursday with money laundering, as two separate scandals tarnished the political legacy of the former allies turned enemies.

Former Panama presidents charged with money laundering

Panama's last two presidents, Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, were charged Thursday with money laundering, as two separate scandals tarnished the political legacy of the former allies turned enemies.
For the second time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has discontinued Hydroxychloroquine clinical trial for the treatment of COVID-19, saying it has no positive effect on patient recovery.

WHO discontinues Hydroxychloroquine treatment trial for coronavirus

For the second time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has discontinued Hydroxychloroquine clinical trial for the treatment of COVID-19, saying it has no positive effect on patient recovery.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has announced a two-week extension to the ongoing state-wide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Governor Oyetola: We’ll ensure smooth take-off of Federal College of Education in Osun

Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun says his administration will ensure smooth and effective take-off of the proposed Federal College of Education in the state.

Most former militants trained as divers jobless – expert

Mr Julius Ugwuala, Diving Inspector-elect, on Saturday said that most of the former militants trained as divers under the Federal Government Amnesty Programme had been jobless.
Bukayo Saka found the back of the net in the Premier League for the first time in his career in Arsenal’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Carl Ikeme: Wolves didn’t deserve to lose to Arsenal

Carl Ikeme has posited that his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers did not deserve to lose to Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League game at the Molineaux.